CELEBRATING KAREN BROGNA
Grand Strand’s Patient of the Month
You can always tell who really appreciates and values your business by their conversations with friends and family. Those are the clients that any business is lucky to have, and, at Grand Strand Health and Wellness, Karen Brogna fits that description to a T. Whether she’s at the clinic, at home, or out and about, she always lets people know the value of our holistic approach to health. Karen came in for her first appointment after an ad for Grand Strand popped up on her Facebook feed. When she came in the first time, she was experiencing neuropathy in her hands and feet. Neuropathy is characterized by damaged nerves that fail to carry messages from the brain and spinal cord. Since that first appointment, Karen has come into our clinic every other week and shown remarkable improvement from where she began. She can now button her shirt, put on flip flops, and put a leash on her dog without having to try six times to get it right. Karen is incredibly energetic, happy, and personable, whether she is in our clinic for an appointment, out on the beach, or anywhere else. She is always open to share the results of her visits to Grand Strand with others, and she has posted numerous reviews online as well as referred
several people to the clinic. Wherever Karen goes,
she wants everyone to know that they can live a pain- free, holistically healthy life.
For years, Karen worked as a physical therapist, but she has recently retired. She now spends her
free time walking her dogs on the beach, traveling with her husband, woodworking, painting, playing cards, and watching movies. She is a die-hard New York Yankees fan, and she loves Thurman Munson. Her favorite color is orange.
Stay Toned by Lifting Weights at Home
THE ANTI-AGING BENEFITS OF FREE WEIGHTS
Bodybuilding. com recommends designing a workout routine that includes one or two exercises for each of the major muscle groups: legs, back, shoulders, arms, chest, and abs. Try
In her best-selling lifestyle guide “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” Mireille Guiliano advises women in their 50s to invest in a set of free weights — nothing too heavy, perhaps 3–5 pounds — in order to maintain their toned, youthful appearance and range of motion. She notes that lifting weights isn’t entirely necessary during your 20s and 30s, but it’s essential to maintain muscle tone and bone density in your later years. Though Guiliano’s evidence is anecdotal, the science confirms that lifting weights can be an indispensable aid to healthy aging for both men and women. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends strength training 2–3 times per week to lower your risk of health problems and preserve bone density, independence, and vitality. According to WebMD, “Muscle loss is one of the main reasons people feel less energetic as they get older. When you lift weights, work out on machines, use resistance bands, or do exercises with your own body weight (like pushups and situps), you build strength, muscle mass, and flexibility.” You don’t have to join a gym to reap the benefits though; just pick up a set of free weights and a resistance band and research how to safely use them in your own home.
8–10 repetitions per set, but don’t push yourself to use heavy weights. Even options that are 10 pounds or less should be enough to keep you chasing after your grandchildren for years to come. One public figure who has taken the weightlifting creed to heart is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The documentary “RBG” shows the 86-year-old judge at the gym, pumping lightweight iron with her personal trainer, and she even walked spring chicken Stephen Colbert through her routine on “The Late Show.” Ginsburg has called her trainer “the most important person” in her life apart from her family, which is a ringing endorsement for lifting weights if ever there was one.
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